• Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 30, 2018
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STUDENTS, COMMUNITY CELEBRATE NEW SCHOOL OPENING

STUDENTS, COMMUNITY CELEBRATE NEW SCHOOL OPENING
Pinecrest Academy, Inc. celebrates its expansion in the Avalon community

Orange County, FL – On Friday October 19th, Pinecrest Academy Avalon students, faculty, community leaders and board members celebrated the school’s grand opening ribbon cutting. Principal Yasmeen Khan was joined by the Board Chair of Pinecrest Academy, Inc., Dr. Judith Marty. Several Pinecrest Academy Inc. board members along with Orange County Public School board member, Ms. Daryl Flynn and Avalon Park Community leaders attended the ribbon cutting ceremony that began at 10 a.m. at the school site located 13993 Mailer Blvd., Orlando, FL 32828.

This tuition-free public charter school opened its doors in August 2018 to 200 students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The school’s curriculum will allow for students to experience a rigorous curriculum with an enhanced focus on Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, Coding and a Positive Behavior Supports Character Education program.  

Mrs. Khan, the Principal said, “I am very proud of our achievements thus far. In a short time, we have implemented many research based programs which students are enjoying.  I love seeing the excitement on the students’ faces when they come to school every day.  That alone, makes my job very rewarding.’’

Accredited by AdvancED/SACS, Pinecrest Academy Avalon is the fourth Pinecrest Academy School in Central Florida, and joins Pinecrest’s growing roster of high-performing charter schools in Florida. The organization has a proven track record of developing a network of successful charter schools throughout Miami and has been seeking to expand its program throughout the state. Pinecrest’s strategic formula of establishing schools in areas of great need has made it an instrumental resource in accelerating student and school performance nationwide for the past decade.
Academica, one of the nation’s longest-serving and most successful charter school service and support organizations, is the education service provider for Pinecrest Academy, Inc. as well as for over 175 charter schools in Florida.  More information about Pinecrest Avalon is available at www.pinecrestavalonk5.com.

For immediate release                    
October 23, 2018

For more information, contact:
Mr. Fernando Barroso
fbarroso@academica.org

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Mr. Fernando Barroso
Ms. Jessica Brown
Dr. Judy Marty
Ms. Yasmeen Khan
Mr. Carlos Alvarez
Ms. Shannie Sadesky

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Mr. Michael Williamson (RD Michaels)
Ross Halle (Avalon Park Group)
Beat Khali (Avalon Park Group)
Dr. Judy Marty (Pinecrest Board Chair)
Dr. Kia Sweeney Scott (Director of School Choice OCPS)
Mr. Julio Robaina (CEO of Academica?) I was not sure of his title
Ms. Yasmeen Khan (Principal)
Ms. Jessica Brown (Lead Teacher)
Ms. Daryl Flynn (OCPS district 2 board member)
Mr. Juan Molina (Pinecrest board member)
Ms. Shannie Sadesky (Pinecrest board member)
Mr. Carlos Alvarez (Pinecrest board member)

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 29, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
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New $12M charter school to open in vacant Four Corners supermarket on U.S. 27

Article by Laura Kinsler

A Jacksonville-based charter school developer has secured county approvals to open a K-8 charter school in a former Winn Dixie supermarket on U.S. 27 in south Lake County.

Taylor Smith, president of Project Finance & Development Inc., said the new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would serve up to 1,050 students from all four counties. The school site is about a half mile north of Cagan Crossings and one mile north of the U.S. 192 intersection.

from the county. Lake County Schools awarded a charter beginning in Fall 2019.

The new Pinecrest Academy in Four Corners would renovate and repurpose the 49,000-square-foot supermarket, outlined in red, while another 15,316 would be reserved for future expansion.

Severns and Smith said that the project involves the complete conversion of the closed 49,000-square-foot Winn Dixie store into a new state-of-the-art charter school, as well as the redevelopment of a portion of the parking lot to provide parent drop-off and pick-up areas, recreational fields and playground areas. The school would feature the latest educational technology for students as well as high-tech security and safety features, they said.

The Four Corners school represents the second Pinecrest Academy charter school in Lake County, with the other A-rated Pinecrest K-8 School
in Minneola.

Florida Engineering Group provided civil work. The school is being designed by Miami-based Civica Architecture Group and will be built in two phases, with the second phase involving a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility.

Pinecrest officials are also working with Lake County School officials to avoid duplication of services between the charter school and a planned K-8 public school to serve the growing Four Corners area. The school district has a 35- acre site nearby and is designing a traditional campus to open as early as August 2021.

The development team has been active in charter school development in Central Florida. Smith’s PF&D Inc. provided the financial backing for a new

Mater Academy in St. Cloud, and Severns represented BridgePrep Academy on the land acquisition and permitting for its new Poinciana charter school.

Have a tip about Central Florida development? Contact me at lkinsler@GrowthSpotter.com or (407) 420-6261, or tweet me at @LKinslerOGrowth. Follow GrowthSpotter on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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https://www.growthspotter.com/search/dispatcher.front?Query=four+corners+charter&target=all&spell=on

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Oct 11, 2018
  • Category: News
KWCA Senior Raquel Brady Earns Perfect Score

Raquel Brady Nominated for the Academic Presidential Scholar’s Award

Raquel Brady, senior at KWCA, has been nominated for the Academic Presidential Scholar Award. Touting a GPA over 4.4 and coming off a recent perfect score on the US History FSA EOC Raquel is on a roll. In addition to recently passing her AP Biology exam Raquel is currently enrolled in her 4th Dual Enrollment class at FKCC. If those stats are not impressive enough her writing is. Mr. Horan, KWCA English Teacher, submitted examples of Raquel’s work with his nomination for the award. In addition to poetry, he submitted “Conversations Over Catnip,” a short story which can be read by the title of this announcement.

KWCA Senior Raquel Brady Earns Perfect Score

KWCA Senior Raquel Brady Earns Perfect Score

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: May 9, 2018
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Students and Teachers from Academica celebrated Teacher Appreciation Day at Y100!

The full interview video was added to Mack’s page in an awesome article about cool freebies for Teacher’s week: https://trib.al/0VdWaH6

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: May 4, 2018
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Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School Among the first to join the new College Board Pre-AP Program

New Pre-AP program offers instructional resources and classroom-based assessments to improve college readiness for all students.

Miami, FL — Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School was selected from over 1,000 schools worldwide that will participate in the new Pre-AP Program next school year. Pre-AP is designed to give all students the opportunity to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful in Advanced Placement and other college-level coursework. The College Board selected Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School as a partner who is committed to college readiness for all students.

With this prestigious accolade, Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School continues to expand its partnership with the CollegeBoard “Incorporating the Pre-AP curriculum at our school continues to support our mission of giving all of our students, regarding of ability level, equal access to a challenging, college-bound curriculum”, stated Maria Beatriz Nuñez, Principal.

Participation in challenging coursework helps prepare students for success in high school and beyond. However, less than 50% of U.S. high school students are ready for college. And more than 300,000 high school students are not taking AP courses and exams that they have demonstrated the potential to succeed on, based on their scores on an SAT Suite assessment. With this data in mind – along with feedback from teachers who have said they would like to help shape a curriculum that prepares students before they enter an AP class – the College Board has developed the Pre-AP Program.

Pre-AP courses are open to all students. The Pre-AP Program objectives are to:

  •   Significantly increase the number of students who are able to access and complete college-level work—like AP—before leaving high school.
  •   Improve the college readiness of all students.Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School will receive an official Pre-AP designation for each course and the chance to bring engaging coursework to all their students. This designation signals consistent, high standards in focused courses that help build, strengthen, and reinforce student’s content knowledge and skills. The eight new 9th grade courses provide teachers and students with instructional resources, classroom-based assessments, high-quality professional learning, and focused practice.

    “We applaud the educators and administrators in Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School who have worked to clear a path for all of their students,” said Auditi Chakravarty, Vice President of SpringBoard and Pre-AP Programs. “They are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows all students to learn the foundational knowledge and skills they need to be successful.”

    Each Pre-AP course has been developed by committees of expert educators, including middle school, high school, and college faculty. These development committees work with the College Board to design effective instructional resources that emphasize and prioritize the content and skills that matter most for later high school coursework and college and career readiness. Pre-AP will continue to evolve through educator involvement, and Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter High School will be a critical partner. Throughout the initial cohort experience, Pre-AP course teachers will be encouraged to share feedback that will help shape the program in years to come.

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 26, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
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The Zimriyah at Ben Gamla Charter School

Israeli culture & entertainment was on full display on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Ben Gamla Charter School located on 8600 Jog Road in Boynton Beach.  The K-5th tuition free charter school, which provides a Hebrew language program, celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day) Zimriyah.

What is a Zimriyah…?

The Zimriyah is an Israeli Song & Dance Performance that the Ben Gamla students put on each year celebrating Israel’s Independence Day.  The event took place at the Temple Torat Emet Social Hall from 8:30am – 10am.

 

 

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FBLA COMPETITION

Mater Lakes Academy Qualify Eight Students for Nationals

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Mater Lakes Academy had fourty-two students that competed at the Future Business Leaders of America’s State Leadership Conference.  The FBLA SLC was held March 15th – 18th in Orlando.

“The students spent several weeks preparing for their state competition especially the students that had not competed before,” said Mr. Giovanni Lorenzo, FBLA Sponsor.

This is the first time that Mater Lakes Academy has had eight students qualify during the State Leadership Conference to attend the National Competition. Katheryn Kalouf, Isabella Milanes, and Rosa Aleman placed in first in the E-Business category.  Simon Kato, Derek Velez, and Natalie Lopez, placed in second place in Mobile Application Design.  Octavio Calvo placed 5th in Global Business category and Maria Reyes placed fifth in Insurance and Risk Management.

FBLA members will compete at the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland from June 28th – July 1st.  This four-day conference is the highest level of competition for FBLA members. FBLA will have created partnerships with industry leaders to design and judge their competitive events.  Students achieving national ranking can earn scholarships through FBLA and their partners.

“It is amazing what our students have been able to accomplish over the years, it seems like each year we have more and more students qualify,” said Mr. Rene Rovirosa, Principal.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

CONTACT:

Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

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FLORIDA TAX WATCH AWARD

Mater Lakes Academy’s Principal is Named Top Principal by Florida TaxWatch

Miami, FL, Monday, April 23, 2018 – Principal, Rene F. Rovirosa of Mater Lakes Academy was named one of the top nine principals in the State of Florida, by Florida TaxWatch, and one of the top three in the high school division in August.  On Thursday, April 19th, Florida Tax Watch held their Principal Leadership Award dinner, and amongst the three nominees in the high school category he was awarded the top principal.

Florida TaxWatch is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute.  According to their website, “Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses.”

Florida TaxWatch established their Principal Leadership Awards Program in 2014.  The criteria used to name the top 3 principals per grade division (elementary, middle, and high school) is not done through a nomination basis, but it is data driven.  Florida TaxWatch basis their criteria on data received from the Florida Department of Education, using assessment scores, their learning gains, and the percentage of students that are ELL, SPED, and economically disadvantaged and their progress.  Mater Lakes Academy has 4% learning gain in English and Language Arts and a 14% learning gain in Mathematics.  Mater Lakes Academy exceeded both the state and district percentage of proficiency at 71%.

“I am honored, there are no other words to describe it, but just that I am honored,” said Principal Rene F. Rovirosa.  “I truly feel that they key to a better community is quality education, and that is what we are providing because this award is not just mine but all of Mater Lakes.”  Earlier in the school year, Mr. Rovirosa was also awarded the 2017 Charter School Champion Leader Award by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.

Mater Lakes Academy is a Miami-Dade County Public Charter School, with students enrolled in 6th – 12th grade.  Mater Lakes Academy has been open since the 2006-2007 academic school year, and is currently in its 12th year under the direction of Principal Rene F. Rovirosa, and is an A school for both the middle school and the high school.  For more information, visit the school’s website at www.materlakes.org.

CONTACT:

Mrs. Alice Martinez
Mater Lakes Academy
Phone:  (305) 698-8000
Fax:  (305) 698-1800
amartinez@materlakes.org
www.materlakes.org

 


 

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 24, 2018
  • Category: News
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EDU-Garden Day 2018 was so much fun! – BRIGHT FUTURES ACADEMY

We had a great time at Saturday’s annual EDU-Garden™ celebration, where we “brought back the family dinner” with a long line of homemade, easy to make crock pot recipes, served by our staff to more than a hundred of our students and their families. Despite some threatening showers earlier in the morning, the weather held off and it was a marvelous day for a a garden party. Our Earth Ambassadors showed visitors how to build a 4×4 garden box, introduced them to our bunnies and chickens, and Mrs. Slone taught dozens of kids (and some artistic adults) how to make their own custom kitchen towels. Some lucky families went home with their own slow cookers and one lucky family won a garden box for their home. It was a special day, as it is each year. We look forward to next year’s EDU-Garden™ Day!

We posted lots of pics to our smugmug gallery . Check them out!

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  • Posted by: Luis Beyra
  • Posted On: Apr 11, 2018
  • Category: News, School News
Key West Academy

Key West Collegiate Academy In The News!

Local charter school launches new security program

See something, say something.” It’s the latest catchphrase to come from school shooting tragedies such as the one that killed 17 people on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida. A new program being launched Tuesday at Key West Collegiate Academy charter high school will enable students to actually do something.

Students will be briefed on the implementation of School Text Tips, a simple and anonymous text message hotline that allows students to immediately report weapons, bullying, drugs, harassment, cyber bullying, suspicious behavior and troubled students to school faculty.

“For years, the schools have been able to send out mass communications to students and parents, but I wanted to be able to reverse that direction and enable students to easily feed information to the school faculty and administration because they’re the ones who really know what’s happening. They’re our eyes, ears and boots on the ground,” said Shawn Verne, a Sugarloaf entrepreneur and father who started designing School Text Tips six years ago after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “So many other programs require users to register a username, create an account, fill out a series of drop down menus and then receive a verification email. That’s just too cumbersome. With School Text Tips, all they do is program a contact number into their phone and send a text to that contact whenever they have something to report.”

Students need not label the contact entry as “School Text Tips,” he said. “They can label it ‘Aunt Sally’ or anything else, as long as it’s something they’ll remember.” Verne tested the program at a school on Marco Island more than a year ago, and within a few months had heard from school officials that School Text Tips had prevented a suicide and identified a student who was cutting herself. “This saves lives immediately,” Verne said. “And in a time when all parents are asking what schools are doing to keep their kids safe, here’s a step forward with no footdragging or red tape.” Verne offered School Text Tips to Superintendent Mark Porter for Monroe County’s schools once before the Parkland shooting and again since, but the district has not taken any action on the offer, Verne said. “So I approached the principal of the Collegiate Academy, and his only question was, ‘How soon can we implement it?’ I offered it for free to the school district, but the superintendent said he had to give the new school safety director time to get his feet wet, and I haven’t heard back from anyone, which is frustrating because this saves lives and I have kids at Key West High School and Sugarloaf School.” When asked about School Text Tips on Friday, Porter told The Citizen, “We are evaluating all available products and do plan to make a selection in the near future. We are aware of Shawn’s product and do certainly appreciate the fact that he is a member of our community.”

In the meantime, Key West Collegiate Academy will host an assembly Tuesday afternoon, where students will receive a complete briefing, their school’s individual phone number and program it into their phones. “The students appreciate the ability to actually do something to keep themselves safe,” Verne said, adding that the text tip system actively analyzes tips 24 hours a day, seven days a week using artificial intelligence algorithms to look for emergency “key words” such as bomb, kill, shoot, blow up, suicide, etc. Each tip is read and analyzed in realtime for nature and content and is appropriately dispatched to predesignated school officials. The system also tracks tipsters who send in misleading or inappropriate tips from which a report can be filed indicating number of incidences and other pertinent data.

The school then reserves the right to decide whether the tipster should be contacted and confronted accordingly, thus reducing the chance of hoaxes. In an age of abundant caution, but amid funding shortages, school districts lament the lack of mental health counselors and school resource officials, so extra help to identify troubled students is being welcomed. “Let’s face it, the kids always know what’s going on more so than any teacher or counselor,” Verne said. “This lets us take advantage of everything they see and creates a watchdog community where bullies and troublemakers are deterred from doing harm since anyone who’s looking down at their phone could be texting a tip.” The Monroe County School Board meets Tuesday in Marathon, where a closed session is scheduled to discuss school safety.

BY TIMOTHY O’HARA
Key West Citizen
 
Original Article : https://keysnews.com/wp-content/themes/keysnews/assets/pdf/daily-editions/archive/Citizen031918.pdf

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